Our students receive daily religious education based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. With Jesus as our guiding light, our religious education program has been designed to transform our students from being children of God to young adults with utmost devotion to our Lord. Our students are encouraged to grow in their faith through liturgical celebrations, group and individual prayer, daily reflections, sacramental preparation, Bible reading, evangelization, and mission donations. Through the use of numerous texts our children gain a greater appreciation for Catholicism and strive to be Christ-like in all of their endeavors.
Computers and Technology Program
Our computer and technology program has continued to maintain its dynamic status. In addition to adding a mini-lab environment to be utilized for half-class instruction; students and faculty make use of our high-speed connection to access the Internet for skill development, enrichment and research. A mobile, wireless laptop station, as well as SmartBoards, are utilized for in-class instruction and research.
Utilization of current technology as a tool to achieve a goal remains the central focus of our computer program. Our students learn word-processing, spreadsheet and multimedia presentation software to facilitate meeting grade curriculum.
The Language Arts program provides our students with the skills necessary to communicate effectively through listening, reading, writing and speaking. This is accomplished by providing our students with the basics of grammar, usage, vocabulary, spelling and the mechanics of composition. In addition, phonics is taught in PreKindergarten through Fourth Grade. Reading skills and literature are taught in whole group and small group instruction and is extended with the assistance of various computer applications. Students participate in various archdiocesan and state assessments.
The mathematics program in PreKindergarten through Fourth Grade incorporates the development of computation skills as well as the understanding of concepts through the use of multi-sensory methods including hands-on manipulatives, and visual aids in small groups. Technology is used to further enrich and reinforce problem-solving techniques. Curriculum is based on New York State standards and is evaluated through classroom assessments as well as standardized and state testing.
The mathematics program in grades 5 - 8 is departmentalized. Computation, estimation, geometry, and problem solving skills are expanded upon from previous years. Topics including data analysis, logical reasoning, and abstract reasoning are introduced and developed through the years. Hands-on manipulatives and technology based assessments are used to further students' understanding of topics covered. Emphasis is placed on the importance of homework being used to reinforce the lessons of the day. Students participate in various archdiocesan and state assessments.
The Science program in PreKindergarten through Fourth Grade explores student awareness of physical, earth, and life sciences. The scientific method is used to foster critical thinking and problem solving skills. The program is enhanced by the use of interactive group work incorporating manipulatives with hands-on tasks, and field trips. Language arts, math, and reading and social studies skills are intertwined as well. Evaluations are made through classroom assessments, special projects and state testing.
The science program in Third through Eighth Grade is departmentalized. It includes the study of life science, earth science, and physical science. The concept of scientific method is fostered through lab activities and experiments. Computer generated programs are used to enforce concepts. Students are evaluated through classroom assessment, projects, lab activities and New York State assessments. Students also participate in the annual district Science Olympics and Science Fair.
The focus of the social studies program in PreKindergarten through Fourth Grade includes community and worldwide awareness, identifying geographical regions through map skills as well as the effect of Christian values in our culturally diverse world. This program is enhanced through the use of videos, technology, field trips, special projects and the integration of language arts skills. Students are evaluated through special projects and classroom assessments in accordance with state standards.
The social studies program in Third through Eighth Grade is departmentmentalized. Topics covered include the history of the United States and the world. Study skills and geography skills are taught through the use of maps, globes, and technology. The student's appreciation of history is further developed through DBQs (document based questions) and special assignments. Students participate in various assessments in line with New York State standards.
Additional Subject Areas
Students are introduced to Spanish athe the Kindergarten level. In grades five through eight, Spanish is taught for approximately two hours per week. Emphasis is placed on developing conversational skills. Various projects are undertaken to encourage a grasp of the language.
Students in Kindergarten through Grade Eight participate in music class once a week. This class helps to prepare students for participation in various liturgical and holiday celebrations. It also strengthens the students' enjoyment of music.
Students in Kindergarten through Grade Eight participate in gym class once a week. The importance of teamwork and sportsmanship is stressed through age appropriate games and activities. An additional goal is to encourage an awareness of physical fitness for life.
Fine motor skills are developed through hands-on activities on age appropriate levels. It is used as an opportunity to develop creative expression.
Homework is used in all subject areas as a reinforcement of the day's lessons. It serves as a means for clarifying and reviewing material, as well as providing motivation and opportunity for individual growth. Time allotments (written and study) are as follows:
- Kindergarten up to thirty minutes
- Grade 1 up to forty-five minutes
- Grades 2 & 3 up to sixty minutes
- Grades 4 & 5 up to ninety minutes
- Grade 6, 7 & 8 up to one hundred twenty minutes